Thursday, July 8, 2010
Rebekah: A Life Changing in a Moment
"And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived". -Genesis 25:21
God can change a person’s life in a heartbeat. How excited Rebekah must have felt when she encountered Isaac’s servant and offered him water for him and his camels when he states that she would be a perfect wife Isaac. Rebekah was not able to get pregnant for the first 20 years of her and Isaacs marriage. However, when she got pregnant, she had two sons. Esau the oldest, and Jacob the youngest. Esau was his father’s pride and joy, while Jacob was much favorite by his mother.
When Isaac was old and blind, and sensed the his end was near, he called for Esau to go into the wilderness to catch him his favorite meal, and then he would lay his blessing upon him. Rebekah overheard this, and instructed Jacob to deceive his father into thinking that he was Esau, and it worked. The benediction could not be reversed, and Esau was furious, threatening Jacob that he would murder him. The two brothers never made up, and both started two powerful nations who were at war for years and years.
Don’t we sometimes act like Hagar (and Sarah) and intervene so we can make sure that God follows on His word? Sadly, yes. God tells us he will take our worries and anxiety and give us peace, but we go and try to find our own peace in a way that we think is right. I use to think that I would find peace if I just lost five more pounds. Sometimes I thought I really was happy, then a few days more, I would think I am not happy, but I would be really, really happy if I lost one more pant size. The happiness never really came until I gave my anxieties and fears to God.